Basically, I did full primary and second up to Pincha Mayurasana. After I got out of Pincha, I thought to myself, "My knees are feeling quite good today. And I think I still have some energy left to do another forearm balance. And since I have been doing all those lotuses in headstand over the last week or so, I feel pretty confident about my ability to do lotus in an inverted position. Moreover, I already have come all the way to Pincha; why not go a little further, and give Karandavasana a shot?" And so up I went. I tried the pose three times. Here's a quick breakdown of the three attempts:
(1) Went up into Pincha, and then slowly closed my right knee joint. As I was trying to move my right foot to my left hip crease, I lost my balance, and had to come back down.
(2) Basically the same result as (1).
(3) After resting in a kneeling position for about 30 seconds or so, I gave Karandavasana another shot. This time, I had better luck. I succeeded in moving my right foot into the left hip crease without losing balance. And then I moved my left foot on top of my right thigh, and got into lotus. Still balancing on my forearms, I then tried to slowly move my knees to rest on my upper arms. But about halfway down, I lost control of the speed of the descent, and I almost came crashing down. I say almost, because I somehow managed to regain a little control just before my knees hit the mat, and lifted my hips just enough for me to land semi-gracefully in a seated padmasana. Is there a name for this pose? Sitting Duck Posture, maybe? :-)
Basically, I thought this wasn't so bad for a first Karandavasana attempt in almost a year. Tomorrow's a moon day, so I'll try again on Thursday. If you have any feedback/suggestions/advice, I would love to hear them.
This is NOT me in Karandavasana.